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Big Bear Cafe

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Published March 16th 2013
Delicious, cheap and convenient breaky
This Goldilocks thought breakfast was just right at the Big Bear Cafe. Delicious and filling without being too heavy, their open sandwiches are to die for.

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The big bear wall art inside the Big Bear Cafe.

A relatively new addition to the Glen Huntly Road shopping strip, almost everything inside the Big Bear cafe from the tables to the wall art looks shiny and new. The concrete floor takes away from the overwhelming cuteness of the place and lends it a quirky, industrial feel.

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Inside the Big Bear Cafe.

Outside is a quaint white picket fence acting as a barrier between the outdoor tables and the busy road.

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The outside of Big Bear Cafe gives a clue to how adorable the interior is.

I ordered the smashed avocado and feta open sandwich, while my friend ordered the salmon and avocado open sandwich. Both were topped with a poached egg on each slice of sourdough. We were more than pleased with our breakfasts- using the word 'breakfast' loosely here, given it was well into the afternoon!

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Open sandwiches from Big Bear, $9.50.

The open sandwiches arrived on wooden boards, which were quirky but made eating a challenge. As the poached eggs were quite runny, the yolk dripped off the side of my bread. With the board being flat, the yolk found its way to the table. Never before had I noticed how useful the slanted sides of a plate can be. The avocado mashed together with feta had a strong, fresh flavour and went well with the soft sourdough bread. There was a generous amount of avocado spread on each slice. At just $9.50, it was good value for a cafe breakfast.

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Smashed avocado and feta open sandwich.

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Salmon and avocado open sandwich.

We each ordered a hot chocolate, perfect on a cold Sunday afternoon. The deliciously frothy hot chocolate came served with a marshmallow thoughtfully placed on the accompanying spoon. At $3.50, it was cheap although quite modestly sized.

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Hot chocolate from Big Bear.

It was a fair wait to receive our hot chocolates and even longer after that before our meals arrived. While this was fine by me on a lazy Sunday, it wouldn't be ideal if your main purpose was to devour breakfast rather than take time to enjoy the atmosphere.

Big Bear is quite similar to the much adored Whyte Cafe across the road, and just as delicious. Big Bear's menu is nowhere near as extensive, being a smaller and newer cafe, but on the upside they are cheaper.
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Why? For breakfast at any time of the afternoon.
When: 6:30am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday - Sunday.
Phone: 0433 130 294
Where: 1167 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly 3163.
Cost: Under $10 per meal.
Your Comment
It is right next to Glenhuntly Railway Station and is on the #67 tram route as well.
So convenient for everyone!
by fluffynut (score: 2|931) 522 days ago
Hey Natasha,
Big Bear is under new management and I was just hoping you could change the phone number as the previous owner has asked me to contact everyone for him.

The new number is 0433 130 294
by Hayley Mills (score: 1|34) 2314 days ago
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